I’ve just watched John Carver’s press conference he gave today, and John did very well – it’s a pity it’s not available on YouTube – but if you have a subscription to nufcTV take a look at what John says – he’s very down to earth and we thought he did extremely well all through his press conference – he’s a breath of fresh air.
John Carver – like a breath of fresh air
Of course Sir Bobby Robson had John as his assistant manager, and in the last three years of Bobby’s five year reign on Tyneside, we finished in 4th, 3rd and 5th place in the Premier League.
John Carver has talked today about the great one and that he shares Sir Bobby’s ambitions for Newcastle – the best football club in the world:
“I never stop thinking about Sir Bobby and I started reading his autobiography last night,” “There was a message from him on the front of the book – ‘Thanks for a fantastic, successful five years, it should have been a lot longer, cheers, Bobby.’”
“When he gave me that book Sir Bobby said to me: ‘You do realise how big this football club is and, if you ever get an opportunity to manage it, don’t be scared of it, enjoy it and take it with both hands.”
“He definitely saw me as a future Newcastle manager, so I’m going to take it with both hands.” “I think this is the best football club in the world.”
“Whether it’s the most successful or the biggest doesn’t matter but, in my eyes, it’s the best. For me to be in this position as a local lad is an absolute honor. It’s not something which frightens me.”
“Any player would snap your hand off to play in the Champions League. If a player leaves, it’s usually because they can’t get Champions League football so, if we haven’t got that ambition to get there, then we’re all wasting our time, in my opinion.”
“It’s no good just turning up thinking mediocrity is good enough. Let’s go and win every game if we can.”
“I haven’t had a great deal to do with Mike in the past,” . “On the few occasions I’ve met him, he’s always been really pleasant though. I actually did spend a little time in his Sports Direct factory a few weeks ago.”
“I was visiting a friend in Mansfield. He took me for a few clothes because I was looking like a tramp and I was quite surprised how big it was. I never bought anything though.”
“My ambition is definitely still the same as Sir Bobby’s, without a shadow of a doubt,”
John said in his press conference today that he hasn’t had much time to think about things too much – he got a brief call from Managing Director Lee Charnley saying they had agreed compensation with Palace for Pardew to leave the club, and asked him to prepare the team for the Burnley and Leicester games.
John’s been too busy preparing for the upcoming two games and he’s moved Peter Beardsley up to the first team coaching staff – so Steve Stone and Peter are assisting John now.
And the players have been in good spirits and training well over the last couple of days – – and of course John is the one who took all the training when Pardew was manager – and he’s very popular with the players.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and John will be judged – like all coaches are – on the results he gets.
Let’s hope John gets off to a winning start tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!
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